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Office Mobile goes free for the iPhone, and other news for March 28, 2014

Microsoft Office iOSAmid all the hoopla about Microsoft Office finally coming to the iPad (even Tim Cook tweeted about it) was a little bit of information that was missed by many: Microsoft has made its Office Mobile for iPhone suite free, and home users can edit their documents even without an Office365 subscription. (Business users still need the $9.99/month license for Office that covers a combination of Mac, PC or iPad usage for up to five devices -- but if you hurry this morning you might get a free year.)

The single app lets you access, view, and edit your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on your iPhone. Previously the app required an active subscription to Office 365 to use.

Announcing the news, Microsoft said:

Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go. Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play.

You can read everything about Microsoft's big news of the day, Office for iPad, in our live blog here.

In other news:

  • The MLB.com At the Ballpark app has received a major update. Version 3.0 now supports automatic check-in at select ballparks (beginning opening day) using iBeacon technology.
  • Philips is expanding their HUE LED lighting system to include white lights, 3D printed light art pieces, and a wall-mountable control system.
  • Roku's CEO had some harsh words for the Apple TV. At the Code/Media event he said, "Apple TV is essentially an accessory for the iPad. They lose money, which is unusual for Apple. If you're losing money, why would you want to sell more?"

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